Ladurée opens at 8 Rockwell

Macaroon (not to be confused with macaron)
A macaroon is a small circular cake, typically made of ground almonds, coconut, nuts or even potato, with sugar, egg white, and sometimes flavourings, food colouring, glace cherries, jam and/or a chocolate coating.
Macaroons are often baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray.


Macaron (not to be confused with macaroon)
A macaron is a French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white or aquafaba, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring.
A macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the Italian meringue. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Sorry, I just had to put that out because I can’t stand it when people call macarons macaroons. It bugs me to death!! To me, macaroons are coconut thingies, while macarons are like fancy meringue that come in (mostly) pastel colors.
Among all the macaron brands, Ladurée seems to be most popular.
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Founded in Paris in 1862 by Louis-Ernest Ladurée, the brand was acquired by Groupe Holder in 1993.
Now, with locations in 30 countries worldwide, more than 15,000 macarons are said to be sold everyday.

Ladurée in Paris

Earlier this afternoon, Ladurée Philippines invited friends and family to a private event at its first store at 8 Rockwell. Ladurée is franchised in the Philippines by H&F Retails Concepts Inc., which also owns/runs Homme et Femme, Univers, among other luxury brands in the country.
The store looks really beautiful and authentic.


When we arrived at half past three, there was a long line at the counter.
Each guest was given a little card to be filled out and used to claim two free macarons.
It was a great idea because everyone had a reason to enter the store and line up in a civilized manner. Of course most guests are likely to buy other items once they are in line.


At first I was scared to line up, but it went smoothly because there were so many people manning the counter


To give you an idea, one macaron costs Php 150. You can buy per piece, or you choose your favorites and put them in cute boxes (ranging from four to 55 macarons).

Boites Macarons permanentes

Macarons aside, here’s what else you’ll find in store: jams and spreads


Lovely scented candles


Room scents, adorable tote bags, and charms. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph the other items due to the number of people inside the store.


Spotted at the private event were H&F’s Managing Director, Jappy Gonzalez, who was on hand to answer everyone’s questions

Jappy Gonzalez

Also, Ben of Ladurée was helping out


H&F/Univers’ Press Relations Officer, Mano Lotho

Mano Lotho

Preview Magazine’s Daryl Chang

Daryl Chang

Esquire Philippines’ Erwin Romulo

Erwin Romulo

SM Supermalls’ Steven Tan

Steven Tan

Miguel Ramos of National Book Store

Miguel Ramos

Rowell Santiago

Rowell Santiago

Belle King

Belle King

Yodel Pe and Patrice Diaz

Yodel and Patrice

And here’s what I got: two scented candles, milk chocolate bar, and two boxes of macarons for my friend Chinky and my Dad.


I just need to go back to look at the other things I missed, like the totes and charms, but I can wait till the line is over.
Ladurée opens to the public on August 29, 2015.

Best in hair: CNN’s Ivan Watson

Aside from being vertically challenged, one of my biggest frustrations in life is the hair. I was born with naturally thin curly hair, so most of the time when I look at a person, I notice the hair first.
I think people with great hair are so gifted. Lots of people are born with good hair strands, but not everybody has great hair.
I think that’s what made me notice Ivan Watson in the first place.
Aside from having a romantic job (as CNN Senior International Correspondent), Ivan has really good hair.
I have no idea if he’s married, single, straight or gay. All I know is he’s now based in Hong Kong (so near) and previously, he was based in Istanbul, Turkey for five years.

Ivan’s job at CNN takes him around the world—from the Philippines to Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia—basically where the action is.
Of course the job is only romantic because he’s cute (sorry!).
Last May, 2015, I got to briefly meet Ivan Watson at the CNN Philippines office on Shaw Boulevard.
I found out he was in town because I follow @ivancnn on Instagram.

Ivan Watson with nephew
Ivan with his newborn nephew. The hair is just killing me!!

After leaving a comment on Ivan’s Instagram, Angel Jacob messaged me on my phone.
Angel hosts MedTalk on CNN Philippines and told me Ivan was going to drop by the office soon.
So on May 4th, 2015, I woke up abnormally early to stalk him.

Angel is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. I met her 13 years ago at a children’s party when Ben was just a few months old. She met me at the entrance of the CNN office.

Angel Jacob

Bit of trivia: I wanted to be a broadcast journalist when I was younger, but I froze the first time I was on cam, so I decided to write instead.
Here’s a quick peek around the office. News anchor Hilary Isaac was still with CNN at that time.

CNN Philippines

All the people behind the scenes. I would’ve liked to work here if I were younger.

CNN Philippines

I really envy people who can talk in front of the camera

CNN Philippines

Ivan arrived before lunch and was introduced to the bosses

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

We were waiting in a lounging area when Ivan Watson walked in wearing a jacket over jeans and leather shoes.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I took a picture of Ivan and Angel. Angel took her fan out because she is a “fan”

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I would’ve wanted to talk to him but he had to go on cam for an interview.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

Hay, ang pogi ni ankel, as Angel would say. LOL.

Ivan Watson

Ivan is the second CNN reporter I have stalked.

Kanye West and adidas Originals release Yeezy Boost 350

Following the successful release of the YEEZY BOOST 350 in a white colorway last June, Kanye West and adidas Originals announce the global drop of an all-black version on August 22, 2015.
Yeezy Boost

The shoe marks the third footwear model between West and adidas.
First seen in New York last February during the YEEZY SEASON 1 Fashion Week presentation, the lo-top YEEZY BOOST 350 in black features uppers composed of tonal Primeknit—a breakthrough material using adidas’ most advanced digital engineering techniques to fit like a second skin.
Yeezy Boost

The YEEZY BOOST 350 hits stores globally on August 22, 2015.
For more information go to

Yeezy Boost

Caroline Issa visits Manila for Harlan+Holden

Caroline Issa, street style advocate, ready to wear designer, luxury consultant, and Publisher and Executive Fashion Editor of Tank Magazine, was recently in the Philippines as a special guest of Harlan+Holden.

Caroline Issa

With her was Masoud Golsorkhi, Group Creative Director of the London-based Tank Form Creative and Editor-in-Chief of Tank Magazine.
Tank has worked on campaigns for Mulberry (featuring Georgia May Jagger) and Christian Lacroix, and produced publications for Prada and G-Star. Caroline is also a creative consultant at Harlan+Holden.

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I met Caroline at the Harlan+Holden Tent in Greenbelt during a roundtable discussion that included Preview Magazine Editor In Chief Pauline Juan, L’Officiel Editor In Chief Pam Quiñones, blogger Kim Jones, newspaper columnist and socialite Tessa Prieto Valdes, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, and Stylebible Editor In Chief Anna Canlas, and myself.

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Inside the Harlan+Holden Tent at Greenbelt

Fig Symbol
Harlan+Holden’s fig leaf logo was designed by Caroline’s team

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L-R: Me (taking a photo of Caroline Issa), Rajo Laurel, Tim Yap, Caroline Issa, Kim Jones, Anna Canlas

Tim Yap hosted and moderated the talks that were attended by media, friends of Harlan+Holden, and fashion students from SoFa (School of Fashion and the Arts), De La Salle University’s College of Saint Benilde, Slims, and the Fashion Institute of the Philippines.

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The talks were centered on branding, which Caroline, known as a “businesswoman who loves fashion,” is an expert on. Caroline is a former retail and consumer goods consultant with a business degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. It was Masoud who offered Caroline a partnership in the company.

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L-R: Harlan+Holden founder Eman Pineda, Masoud Golsorkhi, Harlan+Holden’s Managing Dirctor Mia San Agustin, Tim Yap, Caroline Issa, Pam Quiñones, Pauline Juan, Tessa Valdes

Everyone got to take home copies of Tank and Because.
Tank Magazine

In the evening, Harlan+Holden hosted a dinner for Caroline and Masoud at Cirkulo on Pasay Road. Among those present were Bea Valdes, who appears in for Harlan+Holden’s lookbook for its B.C. Collection, a line composed of 15 essentials that includes shirtdresses, trousers, and pleated skirts.

Bea + Marga Valdes
Sisters Bea and Marga Valdes in Harlan+Holden

Caroline Issa + Masoud Golsorkhi +ITS
Caroline Issa, Masoud Golsorkhi, and Mia San Agustin

Cai Subijano + Rissa Trillo
Cai Subijano and Rissa Trillo

Mikaela Martinez + Amina Alunan
Mikaela Martinez and Amina Alunan

The evening ended with Tim Yap hailing a jeepney for the complete Filipino tour.

Jeepney Trio
Caroline Issa, Tim Yap, Eman Pineda

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Visit Harlan+Holden at Adora Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, and Power Plant Mall or go to

Celebrate Cibo’s 18th birthday with 18-peso dishes

I still remember the first time I tasted Cibo back in 1997. A friend of mine was raving about it and took me to Margarita Forés’s first store in Glorietta.
It wasn’t even a real store then, it was set up in an open area on the 2nd level, leading to what became the walkway to Landmark.
Cibo was in fact the first open area eatery in the mall. After that everyone pretty much followed.
Eighteen years and several branches later, Cibo is still very much part of our family’s lifestyle, or should I say, taste buds.
Margarita Forés catered our wedding in November 2000 and continues to cater/host our family’s birthday parties. Now even my kids have their Cibo favorites.

As Cibo turns 18 this August, they are offering dishes at Php 18 only when you order its partner dish at regular price. Check out the partnered dishes below.

cibo 18th anniversary combos

Cibo’s 18 Pairs for 18 Years promo is available from Monday to Thursday from 3 August until 30 September 2015.
CIBO is at Alabang Town Center; Gateway Mall (Araneta Center); Glorietta 4; Greenbelt 5; Eastwood Mall; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center; Promenade Greenhills; Robinsons Magnolia; Shangri-La Plaza.

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